MINIMUM SENTENCING URGENTLY NEEDED

This week has provided even more outrageous court decisions of the variety that cry out for justice. Canadian judges continue to hand down ridiculous sentences which now include detention. Take note of Paul Coffin, one of the principal players in the Adscam sponsorship money laundering scheme that rocked the federal Liberal Party. Mr. Coffin pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud in connection with the swindling of at least 1.5 million dollars of the taxpayers money.

Judge Jean-Guy Boilard, the infamous judge that was reprimanded during the Hells Angels trial in Quebec in 2002 and later resigned from the case throwing it into chaos, was once again in charge of the fiasco in Quebec. Judge Boilard had considered the fact that Mr. Coffin has paid $1 million in stolen money back. That leaves him holding only a mere $500,000 of our money. To reward Mr. Coffin for his evil deed, for 15 counts of fraud, for stealing from every one of us, for shattering our trust in government yet again, Mr. Boilard (I’m sorry, I just can’t use the word Justice before his name) handed down a mind shattering sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community. (Psst, don’t worry, Paul, we’ll take care of you.) As well, Mr. Coffin will be required to teach our children ethics. Yes, this man is going to teach Johnny what honesty and character are, Liberal style.

The sentence continues to get extremely harsh when Mr. Boilard also grounded Mr. Coffin. It seems that he must be home by 9:00 on school nights. You can see by the above picture that Mr. Coffin finds the sentence a lot funnier than I did. I wonder if the media will be as vigilant making sure he keeps the conditions of his freedom as they were with Karla? Mr. Boilard stated that Mr. Coffin had paid enough. His business is in ruins, his house had to be mortgaged, and he will be paying his debts for the rest of his life. Sounds like the life of an average Canadian and to these people it represents suffering. I wonder how many criminals who go to prison lose their homes, their savings, their job, their freedom, and their spouses? Isn’t hardship the point? This judge’s reasoning is so flawed that we should demand he be removed from the bench.

Mr. Coffin did not act alone. Two other alleged swindlers will go to trial next month. Let us pray they end up in a real courtroom.

To highlight the joke that this sentence is, let’s look at another story that broke at the same time as the Coffin story did. “Ex-Tyco execs get up to 25 years in prison.” Isn’t it amazing. Just a short flight from here and you will be in a country where crime doesn’t pay as well as it does here. Here we have some top executives who swindled their company. They are now looking at spending the next 25 years incarcerated. Word has it that they will appeal and try to get a retrial in Quebec.

David Radler, former head of Hollinger Inc., was sentenced on one count of mail fraud this week. The sentence? 29 months in prison and the maximum $250,000 US fine. No home detention or school for Mr. Radler. Lights out at 21:00, even on weekends.

Once again, Canadian justice shows itself for the overly-lax, lenient joke that it is. Something must be done to restore the faith of the Canadian people. As of 3:20pm on Tuesday, the Ottawa Sun’s online poll, which asked “Do you agree with Mr. Coffin’s sentence?” had received 1780 votes. 93% said “No, I don’t agree.” Canada clearly is in need of minimal sentencing, whereby judges would be required to sentence criminals to a minimum amount of jail time. The way things are now makes our courts a charade. This is not justice, and a free democracy must indeed have and embrace justice to survive.